Posted: Tuesday, August 13th 2013 at 11:07pm
G-Braves take out Durham, 3-2 in 10 innings
LAWRENCEVILLE -– The Gwinnett Braves (53-72) trailed 2-0 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, but scored three unanswered runs to stun the Durham Bulls (77-47), 3-2 in 10 innings on Monday night at Coolray Field. A throwing error on Durham shortstop Tim Beckham plated Brandon Boggs for the game-winning run.
The Bulls’ staff handcuffed the G-Braves for 8 innings, but the offense came to life in the bottom of the ninth inning against reliever Kirby Yates. Phil Gosselin doubled with one out and scored on an RBI single by Stefan Gartrell, cutting the deficit to 2-1. After a fly out by Joe Leonard, Matt Pagnozzi singled to put runners on the corners with two outs for pinch-hitter Alden Carrithers. The left-hander walked to load the bases. The G-Braves tied the game at 2-2 when Yates uncorked a slider in the dirt, allowing Gartrell to score from third. Yates ended the threat by striking out Jose Constanza looking, sending the game to extra innings.
Gwinnett finished the comeback in the 10th inning against left-hander Adam Liberatore (L, 4-3). Boggs singled with one out, and after a strikeout, Gosselin hit what looked to be an inning-ending grounder to Beckham. However, his throw to second went wildly into right field, allowing Boggs to score all the way from first.
Wirfin Obispo (W, 2-3) picked up the victory, tossing a scoreless top of the 10th with one strikeout.
After giving up five runs over 4.0 innings at Durham on August 3, starter Kameron Loe pitched well in a no-decision on Monday. The right-hander pitched 6 2/3 innings, scattering four hits and allowing one earned run. Durham’s lone run against Loe came in the top of the fifth inning. Evan Frey walked with one out and scored on an RBI triple by Kevin Kiermeier, breaking the scoreless the tie.
The Bulls added a valuable insurance run in the top of the ninth, as Chris Gimenez (3) drilled a 1-1 pitch from left-hander Joe Beimel over the center field fence, extending the lead to 2-0. However, it wouldn’t be enough to beat Gwinnett.
Jake Odorizzi turned in a fine effort for the Bulls, going 5 scoreless innings, scattering three hits and striking out three. He was in line for the victory, but the bullpen let him down late. Yates allowed two runs on three hits over 2 innings in a blown save. Liberatore took the loss, hurling 2/3 of an inning, allowing one unearned run on one hit and striking out one.
Pagnozzi was the lone G-Brave to collect multiple hits as he went 3-for-3 on the night. Gosselin extended his hitting streak to seven games, connecting for a double in the bottom of the ninth inning and finishing 1-for-5.
Kiermeier paced the Bulls, going 1-for-4 with an RBI, while Gimenez added a homer and an RBI. Jesus Flores added two hits, finishing 2-for-4.
The Gwinnett Braves and Durham Bulls continue their four-game series on Wednesday night at 6:05 p.m. Left-hander Yohan Flande (7-7, 4.46) will take the ball for the G-Braves and oppose left-hander Mike Montgomery (7-5, 4.24) of the Bulls. The radio broadcast will air on WDUN 550 AM and 102.9 FM, while the television broadcast will air on CSS.
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